Bruce Molsky #1 on MotherJones staff pick
May 19, 2008
Welcome back to the "staff picks
" shelf at The Riff. Fresh off production of our July/August issue, we’re happy to be playing some music.
1. You’ve heard it before, but not like this. "Cotton Eyed Joe"
in its true Appalachian splendor—one fiddle, one voice. A New Yorker by origin, Bruce Molsky
travels deep in the backwoods of America collecting tunes and learning technique from porch-sittin’ old-timers. An immaculate musician, in this track, Molsky nails the true scratchin’ style of old-timey music—complete with quarter tones and double stops, he fiddles and sings at the same time.